The Pittsburgh Power have brought quarterback Bill Stull back into the fold for the 2012 Arena Football League season, announcing his assignment to the team on March 19. He joins Andrico Hines as the two quarterbacks listed on the Power's roster.
Stull, 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds out of Pittsburgh, started for the Power in 2011 in their season finale against the Philadelphia Soul. In that game, he threw for 260 yards and six touchdowns in the 61-48 victory. As a result of that performance, Stull was named the MVP of the game.
Born in Pittsburgh, Stull played college football for the Pitt Panthers, becoming the first quarterback since Dan Marino in 1981 to lead the Panthers to a 10-win season. The 2009 team finished 10-3 after Stull led the team to a 19-17 victory over North Carolina in the Meineke Bowl.
After his college career concluded, Stull signed with the UFL's Hartford Colonials in 2010 as an undrafted free agent before getting a training camp invitation from the Kansas City Chiefs, joining former Pitt teammate Tyler Palko.
Stull was assigned to the Spokane Shock in 2011 and then wound up with the Power late in the season. Since the Arena Football League season ended, he has returned to Pitt to finish up his college degree.
"Bill has all the tools to be a great quarterback in this league, and we look forward to having him back," said Power head coach Chris Siegfried through a press release. "It was a win-win. We got a quarterback we coveted with Pittsburgh roots, and he gets a situation where he can manage both his academic work at the University of Pittsburgh and continue his football career at the same time."
"Being able to play in my hometown in front of family and friends is great," said Stull through the team's website. "This is a perfect situation for me, and there is a high level of comfort with my teammates, a practice facility I've practiced in for 5 years, and coaches I've worked with before. With my degree near completion, the timing has worked out well for me."
Stull and the Power host the Soul on March 23 on NET10 Arena Football Friday. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the game will be broadcast on the NFL Network.
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